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About Epilepsy New Zealand

Where are we?

Epilepsy New Zealand comprises 13 Branches covering New Zealand, supported by a National Support Centre in Hamilton. Click here to see all our Branches.

What do we do?

  • Educational services for professionals who work with people with epilepsy such as ambulance service staff, police, nurses and teachers
  • Community awareness through speaking engagements in community groups including service clubs, workplaces, school and recreational clubs
  • A national epilepsy helpline 0800 EPILEPSY
  • Information and support services, both face-to-face and over the phone
  • Educational programmes to increase the understanding of a person with epilepsy, their family and friends
  • Local branches offering various types of support and social groups
  • Seizure management planning that provides strategies to help the person with epilepsy gain control of their seizures and build confidence
  • Regular publications of information through newsletters, brochures, information sheets and our website www.epilepsy.org.nz

How do we do it?

Our professionally trained Field Officers provide support and information on epilepsy. This can be to the individual, their family/whanau, schools, and places of employment, other health agencies or professionals.

Contact Us

All services provided by Epilepsy New Zealand and its Field Officers may be accessed via our toll free number 0800 EPILEPSY. You can gain direct access to your local Branch and Field Officer via this number, or click here to go to our electronic contact us form.

Our History

Established since 1956 Epilepsy New Zealand has grown from one Branch to 13.  The first ‘Epilepsy Week’ was held in 1971 and in 1977 the Association launched its emphasis on field-work. Epilepsy New Zealand continues to develop it services to meet the demands of its clients and members.  As a result, individuals, friends and family can feel more confident that they will not be considered disadvantaged by having epilepsy.



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